We are seeking to create a thriving church community that attracts and supports all ages including families and young people and has at its heart a desire to spill out of its own walls to proclaim good news, serve its community, to resource and bless other churches and to be the catalyst for growth in discipleship, evangelism and community-building. We wish to see churches at the heart of our Cornish towns renewed and equipped, growing in numbers and in faith and attracting the generations that, by and large, are now missing from our congregations. These churches will work with each other and with ecumenical partners, they will help to grow the next generations of leaders, both lay and ordained and, as they receive resources to enable them, they will be generous in helping to resource the village churches around them.
We are painfully aware of patterns of declining attendance at church, particularly amongst the younger generations; of congregations overwhelmed by financial and practical demands; faithful clergy increasingly stretched by the size and scope of the responsibilities laid on them and a resulting decrease in our ability to support and service our local communities. Yet we are also joyfully and hopefully aware that ours is a Resurrection faith and we worship a God who is “always making all things new”. We have a Gospel of life and a promise that God will grow his Church. We have a calling to respond in faith to this Gospel and this promise.